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War Is Declared And Battle Come Down: The Making Of London Calling
April 19, 2012
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The Clash recorded what is arguably their most famous album, London Calling, in 1979, during a period of upheaval: Not only had the band parted ways with its manager and thereby lost access to their recording studio, but the society in which they lived was also changing - fellow punk Sid Vicious had recently died of a drug overdose, Margaret Thatcher's Tories came to power in the U.K., and a meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in the U.S. raised fears of a radioactive disaster (and provided part of the inspiration for the album's title track).

Yesterday, BBC Radio 6 in Britain invited Clash members, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, into the studio to talk about the making of London Calling. Steve Lamacq, host of the BBC program Classic Album of the Day, asked them the recording process, the legacy of their late bandmate Joe Strummer, and what it's like to listen to London Calling today.

The show will apparently only be posted on the BBC website for another six days, so if you'd like to hear what it was like to record a landmark album, check it out soon.

(Note: Click on the "Listen Now" link at the top of the BBC post in order to open the broadcaster's iPlayer; the excerpted clip at bottom will not play in all geographic areas.)

In the meantime, you can also check out some of The Last Testament, a 2004 film about the making of London Calling directed by Don Letts:


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